Joachim Feldman Papers
Scope and Content Note
The collection contains the correspondence, along with transcripts and translations, between Joachim and Pauline Feldman with his sister, Betty Feldman Knoll in Brooklyn describing their condition and requests for help.
- undated, 1940-1942
- Feldman, Joachim, 1891- (Person)
Language of Materials
The collection is in English and German.
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Joachim Feldman was born on October 5, 1891 in Zolynia Poland. He married Pauline, nee Bauminger, (born February 12, 1898). The couple had four children, Alfred, Jenny, Rachel, and Edith. Traveling with Joachim and Pauline’s mothers as they fled the German advance in 1940 they found themselves in Montagnac, France. While there they reached out to Joachim’s sister, who lived in Brooklyn, Betty Feldman Knoll, seeking assistance in the procurement of passage to the United States. Unfortunately, it appears that despite efforts to rescue them the family succumbed to the fate of Auschwitz and died there in 1942, with only Joachim and Alfred surviving. The details of the family's experience is available in Alfred P Feldman’s autobiography, One Step Ahead: A Jewish Fugitive in Hitler’s Europe (Southern Illinois University Press, 2001).
On the run from the German advance into France, the family of Joachim Feldman sought assistance from family living in the United States. This collection documents their correspondence and includes the original letters, transcripts of the originals, and their translations.
Collection consists of a single folder the contents of which have been arranged in chronological order.
Located in AJHS New York, NY
- Guide to the Joachim Feldman Papers, undated, 1940-1942 P-634
- Finding aid by Michael Montalbano as part of the CJH Holocaust Resource Initiative, made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany
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- February 2017.: Removed asterisk in collection number; updated box to CB6 by Tanya Elder.
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